Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott visited India from 4 to 5 September 2014. Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abbott held talks on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. During the visit of Prime Minister of Australia to India, four Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed. The following are
• Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
• MOU on cooperation in Sport
• Renewal of MOU on cooperation in the field of Water Resources Management
• MoU on Cooperation in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
MoU will promote cooperation in the field peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It recognizes India’s commitment and use of nuclear energy with a view to achieving sustainable development and strengthening energy security. Australia can play the role of long-term reliable supplies of uranium to India. It provides for supply of uranium, production of radio isotopes, nuclear safety and other areas of cooperation.
MoU on cooperation in Sport
MoU will promote exchange of programmes, experience, skills, techniques and knowledge in the field of Sports. It will facilitate exchanges of sports personnel, coaches and officials as well as of training and technologies. It will develop preparation for competitions and broad cooperation in sports.
Renewal of MoU on cooperation in the field of Water Resources Management
This will promote sharing of policy and technical experiences in the water resources, particularly river basin management. It will encourage familiarisation of best practices and technologies developed by each side and for exchange of information and training. A JWG will coordinate the activities.
MoU on Cooperation in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Promotes exchange of information and policy ideas in TVET systems, joint implementation of collaborative projects and facilitating links between governments, industry organizations, TVET bodies. The focus will be to share experience and policy to build work force that is skilled and globally productive. The skills will promote broader cooperation including greater access to skilled labour across the region.
• Both Countries Prime Ministers affirmed their commitment to strengthening the bilateral Strategic Partnership and moving towards a new level of mutual trust.
• They signed the bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement as a concrete symbol of the bilateral partnership.
• The Agreement will enable the sale of Australian uranium to support India’s growing energy needs and directed the negotiators to conclude the Administrative Arrangements at an early date.
• Both the countries are committed to expand trade further for mutual benefit and as a long term and sustainable boost to economic growth in India and Australia.
• They agreed to boost investment and collaboration in both directions in infrastructure, resources, agriculture, manufacturing, health, education and other sectors to increase efficiencies, introduce new technologies and develop innovation and skills.
• Both the countries, expected s a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) will support a significant expansion of two-way trade and investment. They renewed the commitment of both countries for an early conclusion of an equitable, balanced, comprehensive and high quality agreement.
• They agreed that economic engagement and business partnerships should be strengthened through a revitalized CEO Forum and encouraged regular exchange of business and trade missions and the convening of an India-Australia Business Summit in Delhi in early 2015.
Defence and Security Cooperation
• Both the countries agreed for the inaugural bilateral maritime exercise to be held in 2015. The initiatives under way to further strengthen defence cooperation, including closer engagement and cooperation in defence science and industry.
• Prime Minister Modi was invited to attend the commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Gallipoli in 2015 by the Prime Minister of Australia, Abbott on behalf of the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand
• Both the countries committed to strengthening the defence and security partnership and enhance the cooperation in defence, counter-terrorism, cyber policy, transnational crime, disarmament and non-proliferation, humanitarian assistance, disaster management and peacekeeping.
• Both the countries called for deepening the framework of defence and security cooperation to guide the bilateral engagement in these and other priority areas.
Cooperation in Energy, Science, Water, Education and Skills
• Both the countries agreed an extension of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) for a further period of four years.
• The AISRF helps Australian researchers to participate in leading edge scientific projects and workshops with Indian scientists. It supports the development of strategic alliances between Australian and Indian researchers.
• Prime Minister of Australia, Abbott launched the New Colombo Plan at the Mumbai University.
During his visit, Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott described India as an emerging democratic superpower and found the most of the abundant opportunities for business India. He launched the New Colombo Plan at a programme at the Mumbai University.
What: visited India
When: 5 September 2014